Elvis' #1 Pop Singles on Cashbox, USA:
Heartbreak Hotel (1956)
Don't Be Cruel (1956)
Hound Dog (1956)
Love Me Tender (1956)
Too Much (1957)
All Shook Up (1957)
Teddy Bear (1957)
Jailhouse Rock (1957)
Stuck On You (1960)
It's Now Or Never (1960)
Are You Lonesome Tonight? (1960)
Good Luck Charm (1962)
Return To Sender (1962)
In The Ghetto (1969)
Suspicious Minds (1969)
Burning Love (1972)
(The Cashbox chart is now defunct)
Elvis was 5' 11" tall
Elvis' natural hair color was dark blond
Elvis' blood type was O Positive
Elvis' shoe size was 11D
One of Elvis'( maternal) ancestors, Morning White Dove (born 1800, died 1835), was a full-blooded Cherokee Indian
Elvis' uncle, Noah Presley, became Mayor of East Tupelo on January 7, 1936
The Presley family moved to Memphis on November 6, 1948
Elvis was issued a Social Security card in September 1950 with the # 409-52-2002
In 1954 some of the shows played by Elvis & The Blue Moon Boys were at the Overton Park Shell; the Bel-Air Club; Sleepy-Eyed John's Eagle's Nest Club and the Louisiana Hayride
Elvis' first manager was Scotty Moore, then Bob Neal, before signing with Colonel Tom Parker
The first DJ to play an Elvis record was Fred Cook (WREC), not Dewey Phillips (WHBQ). However, Dewey had the distinction of being the first DJ to play an Elvis record in its entirety
Elvis once dated famous stripper, Tempest Storm
Elvis was filmed from the waist up only during his 3rd and final appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show
In the 50s Elvis was friendly with rising stars, Natalie Wood, Robert Wagner and Ty (Bronco Lane) Hardin
Gladys Presley was 46 years old when she died, not 42, as many books suggest
The Roustabout album sold 450,000 copies on its initial release, 150,000 copies more than any of the preceding three soundtrack LPs. It was Elvis' last "soundtrack" album to reach #1 on the major album charts in the US
Elvis received $1m for filming Harum Scarum (aka Harum Holiday). The film grossed around $2m in the US
Elvis and Priscilla married on May 1, 1967
They were officially divorced on October 9, 1973
Elvis earns nearly $3.5m in 1968 and pays just over $1.4m in income tax
Elvis' return to live performing in Las Vegas on July 31, 1969 was in front of an "by invitation only" audience. Stars in attendance included Wayne Newton, Petula Clark, Shirley Bassey, Burt Bacharach and Angie Dickinson
On January 9, 1971, the national Junior Chamber of Commerce (Jaycees) announced Elvis as one of "The Top Ten Young Men of the Year". Elvis spoke at the official awards ceremony on January 16
"Elvis: Aloha From Hawai" made entertainment history on January 14, 1973, when it was beamed around the world by satellite. In the Philippines it drew 91% of the audience, in Hong Kong 70%. The viewing audience was estimated at more than 1 billion
For his 4 week Hilton Vegas season in August 1973 Elvis received $610,000
Sales of Elvis' 1973 album, Raised On Rock, were less than 200,000 units on its initial release
Elvis paid $2,959,000 in income tax in 1973
In December 1976 Elvis was sworn in as a special deputy sheriff of Shelby County (Memphis) by Sheriff Gene Barksdale
Elvis' final live concert was in Indianapolis on June 26, 1977
When Elvis died, he and his father Vernon, were embroiled in an FBI investigation called Operation Fountain Pen
More than 1,500 books have been published about The King in more than 30 languages
At Dec 2005 Elvis' biggest selling album in the US is the budget priced, Elvis' Christmas Album, with accredited sales of 9 million units (fingers crossed it reaches 10 million to give Elvis his first "Diamond" award)
By early2006, Sony BMG's "collectors label", Follow That Dream, had released more than 50 Elvis CDs
During the 1980s, tour guides at Graceland stated that Elvis' biggest selling album (globally) was Moody Blue, with sales exceeding 14 million
While Sony BMG estimates Elvis' global sales exceed 1 billion, the company is unable to substantiate this figure. Accredited sales worldwide are estimated to be less than 400 million
One name is synonymous with quality photo-journal books showcasing Elvis at the peak of his powers in the 1950s, and that name is the legendary Ger Rijff.
EIN presents a look at the fascinating Ger Rijff catalog of Elvis books and offers you tips on how to find these much sought after collectors items.
The essence of Ger Rijff's success is his exceptional design skills and offering fans stunning visuals offset with historical press clippings and reviews from the time. It is this balance in Ger's books which offers the reader viewer a value added experience.
Many of the Ger Rijff titles have been released through his publishing company based in Amsterdam, Tutti Frutti Productions. Ger's legacy is an important one in the Elvis book world.
Most Ger Rijff titles are very hard to find. Several titles can be found on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. A number of Ger's books are regularly listed on eBay so we recommend you keep an eye out there for them. In most instances be prepared to pay a substantial price for a Ger Rijff book. With the exception of the commercially released Elvis Close-Up, most titles are not cheap. Elvis Unlimited in Denmark often stocks a few of the Rijff titles.
Ger's older brother has also released a book about Elvis. Lodewijk Rijff's hardcover book, Elvis Presley: de biografie van een fenomeen, was published in Holland in 1977 and also in Belgium in 1985 as Herinneringen Elvis Presley. Lodewijk also provided the liner notes for the 1997 BMG CD release, Always Elvis.
Mini reviews of several Ger Rijff books
(Source: "Elvis In Print: The Definitive Reference and Price Guide")
FLORIDA CLOSE-UP , Ger Rijff and Jan van Gestel
Tutti Frutti Productions, Holland, 1987, Hardback/Soft cover, 120 pages, Illustrated, ISBN: none (Elvis Close- Up: 0712629394).
Synopsis: A Rijff/van Gestel release which received mainstream release (being issued in softcover as ‘Elvis Close-Up’). The book features photos by Jay B. Leviton taken over 10 to 12 August 1956. A mix of Elvis: the dynamic, brooding, happy and at rest. The text by van Gestel makes the reader feel they are actually part of the action:
What more can I say. Recommended.
MEMPHIS LONESOME, Ger Rijff and Jan van Gestel
Tutti Frutti Productions, Holland, 1988, Hardback, 120 pages, Illustrated, ISBN: none.
Synopsis: The fifth Rijff book and just as good as his others. Includes some of the earliest photos of Elvis live on stage (circa 1954-55). From the photo archives of Lloyd Shearer - other shots include the Presley family together, movie scenes and Elvis having his hair cut. The reflective Elvis in bed will appeal to younger female fans (and older ones too). Solid and interesting text by van Gestel:
The cover shot of Elvis with a hands on hips cop conjures up all sorts of stories. Recommended.
FIRE IN THE SUN, Ger Rijff and Jan van Gestel
Tutti Frutti Productions, Holland , 1991, Hardback, 144 pages, Illustrated.
Synopsis: Finding enough superlatives to describe the Rijff/van Gestel releases is difficult. Another great publication with over 200 rare photos taken by various photographers (J. R. Hamilton, Charles Trainor Jr., Fred Ward, Alan J. de Lay, John Greensmith and Robert Coldwell) in the 1950’s. Fantastic color cover shot of a young, brown haired Elvis in pondering mood and inside the lens runs the full spectrum of the Hillbilly Cat cutting up the stage to reflective moments alone and mixing with fans. van Gestel’s text is evocative, a perfect complement to the engaging photographs:
INSIDE LOVING YOU, Ger Rijff
Running Wild Productions, London/Amsterdam/New York, 2003, Soft cover, 132 pages, Illustrated, No bibliography, No index, ISBN: none.
Synopsis: In the new millennium. The King of Elvis photo-journals continued to put out exceptional pictorials of Elvis in the 1950s. With higher production and design qualities than the 1970s focused Joe Tunzi photo books, Rijff struggled to find a substantial audience for his latter releases. Fans appeared to relish the less interesting and more prolific 1970s photo accounts of The King put out by Tunzi, Curtin et al. Inside Loving You is a first rate release with many rare photos and historic reproductions. The 150 plus photos in stunning color and vibrant b&w were from the Chris Giles Collection while the fascinating narrative is an interview with film producer/director, Hal Kanter.
More praise for Ger Rijff titles
Robert Bowman (Memphis Star) on "Long Lonely Highway": The articles provide a fascinating glimpse of the attitude of mainstream America towards Elvis and rock and roll in the 1950's. It is wonderful at this late date to feast upon ads and reviews for events such as Elvis' famous Shell concert.
Roy Carr (New Musical Express) on "Faces and Stages": At a time when Elvis fan-worship is festooned with mock-religious trappings, Ger Rijff's Faces and Stages makes its subject matter genuinely interesting.
Many thanks to Ger Rijff for providing EIN with information clarifying details in our article. Ger, we, and many fans, look forward to your next Elvis photo journal!
"Elvis Presley is the supreme socio-cultural icon in the history of pop culture"
(Dr. Gary Enders)
"Elvis is the 'glue' which holds our society together....which subconciously gives our world meaning"
"Eventually everybody has to die, except Elvis"
(humorist Dave Barry)
"He is the "Big Bang", and the universe he detonated is still expanding, the pieces are still flying"
(Greil Marcus, "Dead Elvis")
"I think Elvis Presley will never be solved"
"He was the most popular man that ever walked on this planet since Christ himself was here"
"When I first heard Elvis' voice I just knew I wasn't going to work for anybody...hearing him for the first time was like busting out of jail"
"When we were kids growing up in Liverpool, all we ever wanted was to be Elvis Presley"
(Sir Paul McCartney)
"You can't say enough good things about Elvis. He was one of a kind"
"And don't think for one moment he's just a passing fancy....he's got enough of it to keep him on top for a long time"
(R. Fred Arnold, Fury magazine, Aug 1957)
"It isn't enough to say that Elvis is kind to his parents, sends money home, and is the same unspoiled kid he was before all the commotion began. That still isn't a free ticket to behave like a sex maniac in public"
(Eddie Condon, Cosmopolitan)
Elvis records reaching #2 & #3 on the Cashbox Pop Singles chart:
#2: A Fool Such As I (1959)
#2: A Big Hunk Of Love (1959)
#3: Hard Headed Woman (1958)
#3: One Night (1958)
#3: (You're The Devil) In Disguise (1963)
Tickets for Elvis' show on March 29, 1957 in St. Louis cost $2.00 to $2.50
While in Germany Elvis was hospitalised with tonsillitis in October 1959
Despite being an illegal immigrant, photographic evidence shows Colonel Tom Parker traveled to Canada with Elvis in 1957
Elvis strongly believed there weren't enough good songs in King Creole to justify releasing a soundtrack album. RCA initially agreed, releasing two very successful EPs from the movie. A soundtrack LP eventually followed
During the 1960s Elvis had his own football team, Elvis Presley Enterprises, which played in the Memphis touch football league. In the 1962 final, EPE narrowly lost to Delta Automatic Transmission, 6-13
In Clambake, (Elvis) Scott Hayward's driving licence shows February 23, 1940...taking 5 years off Elvis' real age
In the 1970s Elvis was offered $5m to stage a concert in front of the Pyramids in Egypt. When the Colonel declined the offer, Saudi billionaires raised the offer to $10m